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Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP)

We believe that planning can change the world. Through place-based and interdisciplinary approaches, good planning promotes a just and sustainable future.

Important Dates & Information

Application Deadline: January 15 annually at 11:59 pm EST

Enrollment Deposit and Intent to Enroll Deadline: April 15th annually


Ranked No. 9 for urban and regional planning graduate programs by Planetizen, our Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) degree prepares students to become leaders who plan for and engage with communities for the greater good. Graduates apply their knowledge and technical skills in a wide variety of settings, from private business, to social impact non-profit organizations to public sector agencies at all levels.  

Accredited Degree

The MURP degree, which is formally accredited through the Planning Accreditation Board, takes a broad view of the scope of urban and regional planning. The core courses provide a foundation for all areas of planning, and electives at both Taubman and other highly-ranked UM graduate programs provide flexibility to shape your studies to your interests.

Focus Areas

The Master of Urban Regional Planning program's flexible curriculum provides students the opportunity to explore a wide range of topics in the field of urban and regional planning or gain depth in a specific area. Click here to learn more about our 9 focus areas.

A listing of MURP focus areas: Applied Planning Skills, Community and Economic Development, Global and Comparative Planning, Housing and Equitable Development, Land Use and Environmental Planning, Physical Planning and Design, Social Justice and Urban Development, Sustainability, Resilience, Adaptation and Climate Change, Transportation Planning

Student Awards and Achievements

University of  Michigan MURP students are award-winning. Each year, they take home top prizes and awards throughout the U.S.  Here’s a sample of some of the most recent recognitions:

2022 Douglas Haskell Award for Agora Journal

Three Taubman Students Awarded 2022 MAP Memorial Scholarships

Honorable Mentions
2022 HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition

American Planning Association 2021 Foundation Scholarship

Three Winning Teams
Michigan Association of Planning (MAP) 2021 competition

Self-Management Law, Now! 
Winner: 2021 APA Student
Project Award / 2020 MAP Student Project Award 


2022 Transformative Food Systems Fellows

Copeland Fellow
2022 Fellowship for commitment to public service and health equity

2022 Dow Sustainability Fellows

See more awards here.

Outcomes and Career Development

Taubman College Career and Professional Development offers a variety of programs, services and resources to assist students and alumni in exploring careers, securing positions and continuing skill development and management.

For additional information on career opportunities, visit our career and professional development page.


The Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree is an approved field of study within the U.S. government’s official STEM fields list. When a student earns a degree in a field on the STEM fields list, he/she may be eligible for the 24-month Optional Practical Training (OPT) extension. OPT is defined as practical work experience in your field of study after completion of a degree. With a STEM degree, a student's "regular" OPT of 12 months may be extended for an additional 24 months. For further details regarding STEM extensions contact the International Center.

Plan Your Future
Housing, Community, and Economic Development
Land Use and Environmental Planning
Physical Planning and Design
Transportation Planning
Global and Comparative Planning